I just cast on.. some stitches and kept adding more until it looked as long as I thought a hat should look for a baby about 6 months old (the baby will be born this spring- and I wanted something for its first winter).. so, I ended up casting on 60 stitches and then knitted it about 4 inches in the round..
Then, I thought.. oh heck.. I should add another couple of rounds of knitting.. and then, I started decreasing.. I did it every 6th stitch.. but, shhh don't tell anyone.. at one point.. I must have miscounted (I did have to get up for some water and answer the phone one time) and one of the decreases was 8 stitches .. and was just a little wider than the others were.. but, you know what?
IT doesn't really show.. I didn't even notice it.. until I was almost finished.. and it's for a baby.. they'll be looking at how cute the sweet little thing is in his/her colorful warm wool hat w/ the green pompom on the top, right?
However, the decreases have a nice star pattern in red.. and the final row was the beginning of a color change.
Thanks everyone.. I'll work on the little mittens and get them finished up. I'll make some w/out the thumbs.. just little hand 'sacks' attached w/ strings to run through the baby's coat/etc.. so, the mittens won't be lost.